World Trade Center Transportation Hub
One of the highly anticipated features of the new $3.2 billion World Trade Center complex is the grand transportation hub designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Here are some of the highlights to look out for when it opens in 2015:
The Design. Calatrava said, "The building is built with steel, glass, and light… The station appears transparent, and also guards you with its wings." When walking towards the building, one will be greeted with retractable 150-foot-high, glass-and-steel wings. These wings will allow natural light to filter through to the train platforms below.
The Inspiration. The design of the Hub was inspired by a child releasing a bird. Calatrava designed the space with the victims of the attacks in mind. The two wings of the hub are separated by an oculus-like window, which will be aligned so that direct sunlight will shine though at 10:28am when the second tower collapsed.
The Main Hall. The main hall of the Hub will be 150-feet high and is being compared by many to that of Grand Central. In total, the entire structure could fit two and a half Grand Central Stations inside of it. The imposing design of the structure is not just for commuters though, some parts of the hub will be closed off for private events.
The Transit. New Yorkers are probably most keen to learn about transportation aspect of all this and they will not be disappointed. The hub will give access to the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, N, R, and Z trains, in addition to connection to the PATH train. In addition, there are talks of creating a rail link to the JFK International Airport.
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